Everything you need to know about Drag Race UK season three including start date and how to watch

Drag Race UK season three lineup

It’s that time of year again. No, we’re not talking about Halloween, or even autumn in general. We’re talking about the ultimate date in the UK LGBT+ calendar, namely Drag Race UK returning to our screens.

Expect many hot lewks to be served, more death drops than you can shake a stick at, and RuPaul yelling at one of the queens for wearing a George at ASDA dress (probably).

Veronica Green has triumphantly returned to the competition after being forced to quit season two due to contracting COVID-19, she’s back and more determined than ever, saying: “I was definitely being a wolf in sheep’s clothing, by design, I was putting myself in that position of the secret assassin. Season three had better watch out!”

Another queen to watch is the trailblazing Victoria Scone, from Cardiff, who is the first cis female drag artist ever to feature on any series of Drag Race anywhere in the world.

Victoria Scone wearing a purple jumpsuit with yellow, gem-encrusted flames

Victoria Scone is one of 12 queens competing on Drag Race UK season three. (BBC)

For Victoria, diversity doesn’t end with Drag Race. She wants her appearance on the show to “open more doors” for all sorts of drag, “not just Drag Race drag”.

“I hope… all over the UK, all over the world, that bookers, event planners… are going to be more inclined to book more diverse drag,” she told PinkNews.

But who are the other queens, who are the judges, and how can you watch Drag Race UK season three? Read on for full details:

Drag Race UK release time, and how to watch

Drag Race UK season three will air on BBC iPlayer on Thursdays at 7pm, starting on September 23. Episodes will be released weekly on the streaming site at the same time.

What guest judges will be appearing on season three?

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 17: Nicola Coughlan attends the Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK Launch on September 17, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

There’s a fantastic line-up of celebrity guest judges joining RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Alan Carr and Graham Norton. These include the utterly iconic Kathy Burke, Spice Girl Emma Burton, Alesha Dixon, Judi Love, Nicola Coughlan, Lulu, Nadine Coyle and Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock. We’re seriously gagged.

Who are the Drag Race UK season three queens?

This series we will be treated to 12 fierce queens including the show’s first-ever female drag queen Victoria Scone, as mentioned above, and returning queen Veronica Green.

Victoria Scone, 27

The first-ever cis drag queen has a cake-based name, explaining: “I wanted something edible, being a curvaceous woman as I am. It’s also a pun as in ‘Where’s Victoria? Victoria’s gone!’

Veronica Green, 35

Veronica Green in a plunging green dress, matching gloves

Veronica Green was forced to leave Drag Race UK. (BBC)

Veronica is this year’s oldest queen, and explained the origin of her drag name as: “When I was a little boy, my brother and I used to make our own comic books, and when our baby sister, Veronica, came along we were so jealous that we created a supervillain in our comic books and called her Veronica Green! Unwittingly, my sister’s birth sparked off my drag persona! She’s going to be mortified at all of this — I stole her prom dress and everything.”

Vanity Milan, 29

Fashion queen Vanity says: “I’d like to thank my mum for the name, I’m a very vain person apparently and where there was a mirror or anything I could see my reflection you’ll find me admiring myself, mum told me one day that my nickname should be vanity so it’s always stuck with me, Milan? Because I’m always keeping and serving up the latest fashions and trends. PERIOD!”

Scarlett Harlett, 26

Scarlett is from the Isle of Dogs, in London, and says: ““I wanted a name that was a little bit vintage and a little bit sexy and something that rolled off the tongue.”

River Medway, 22

River is from Medway, in Kent, and says she takes her drag inspiration from her glamorous mother and sister… and Hannah Montana.

Krystal Versace, 19

Glamorous Krystal explained the origin of her drag name as: “I got my drag name in March 2019, and it was help given to me by a guy that I was talking to at the time and we ended up just chatting and then the conversation moved to drag, bear in mind I hadn’t a drag name yet, then he decided that he liked the name ‘crystal’ for me and I liked it, whilst I liked the name ‘Versace’ for a while, I just put two and two together and voilà. But then a while after that I decided that Krystal with a k was more me and so the name stuck since!”

Kitty Scott-Claus, 29

Kitty says: “Originally I was going to be Madonna Kebab, then I thought about Chelsea Bun, or Burger Queen, but nothing landed. But one day it just hit me. I have a large array of funny catch phrases and funny voices — and I realised that whenever someone was being a bit catty, I always used to say ‘ooh saucer of milk…. This kitty’s got claws!” And so that’s how Kitty Scott-Claus was born!”

Ella Vaday, 32

Ella is from Dagenham and explained her drag name as follows: “When I was working in the West End, I also ran my own dog walking business, so I’d be running around all day, and then when I’d go to work I would say, ‘it’s been a hell of a day!” It’s very me – very British and a little bit moany. I used to call myself Ella Vanass, but everyone thought I was saying Elephant Ass, so I scrapped that!”

Elektra Fence, 29

Elektra is from Burnley in Lancashire, and says: “I called myself Elektra Fence because I’m full of energy and millions of people have seen me be stupid, when a film of me went viral. A friend filmed me as I accidentally electrocuted myself on an electric fence. I thought it wasn’t working! I don’t recommend it, as it blew me off my feet and it really, really hurt!”

Charity Kase, 24

Charity Kase

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK star Charity Kase (Instagram/@charitykase)

Charity Kase has a fantastical drag style, and says: “My name comes from my ability to craft stuff on a very low budget and transform the grotesque to glamorous and maybe be both at the same time!”

Choriza May, 30

Choriza May is from Valencia in Spain, and says that her name is a play on the Spanish sausage Chorizo and Theresa May, which is intriguing to say the least.

Anubis, 19

Explaining her drag name, Anubis says “I chose the name Anubis because I wanted something that referenced my Egyptian heritage. My dad was Egyptian and when he passed away about three years ago, I wanted a name that paid homage to him – Anubis is the Egyptian god of the afterlife. It’s my tribute to him.”

Drag Race UK season three kicks off at 7pm on BBC Three on BBC iPlayer.